Virtual Reality Game Time for Remote Tech Team Success
Monkeyjump Labs Employees Build Camaraderie with Friendly Competition
At Monkeyjump Labs, we believe that game time together has increased our co-worker connections and overall camaraderie to put forth our best work.
The ever-increasing remote and hybrid environments have made connecting with coworkers harder for many companies. Some of us crave that in-person connection, with some companies pushing to try and bring back that office culture. At MJL, we've taken a different tact.
From the beginning, the MJL team (remote and local) established a culture of game time at work and after work. If you ask our employees, the game culture has been a highlight of each work week and a welcomed opportunity for some friendly competition.
Getting the Clans Together
Clans: (n) Groups of players who form a video game team.
At MJL, we are a team at work and a great team in the virtual world, too.
While many companies use VR for training purposes, fewer companies use it for connection and fun for their remote teams.
We’ve determined that our HP (health points) stay high the more we game together. How powerful could game time with coworkers be? We aren’t making any guarantees, but according to teamstage.com, “A fully-engaged workforce can deliver twice the revenue.” (we’re still testing this!)
Regardless of the benefit to our work, we could easily say that those who game together stay together. And here’s what this looks like at MJL:
Leveling Up the Fun in Our Workplace
Our company game time schedule is as follows:
Team crossword puzzles and semantle (unspecified time of day- spontaneous!)
MJL video game happy hour is a scheduled weekly game time on Thursdays for an hour or so
Barrel of Monkeys game time after work hours one time per month
MJLers Score Major XP (experience points) During Virtual Game Time
Hear it straight from our Meta Quest (gaming headset):
- Dan Dexter, Senior Software Engineer
- Miriam McNamara, Software Engineer
- Emma Westbrook, Software Engineer
Games Most Popular for Our Company
Virtual Reality: Meta Quest team-building games
- Walkabout Mini Golf
- Beat Saber
- Phasmophobia (also in VR for the brave)
- Deep Rock Galactic
- Gartic Phone
- Draw Battle
- Daily Crosswords
- Pico Park
- Among Us
MJL is Winning More than Main Quests
Main quest: (n) missions that your character must complete to advance the game's main plot.
Honestly, the MJL team just loves to laugh together. Laughing, we discovered, is a natural by-product of gaming with friends (non-violent games). The mayo clinic tells us that laughing stimulates the lungs, heart, brain, and muscles while also activating the stress response and soothing tension. We concur.
We’re not saying game time at work will guarantee a more profitable year, but we are saying that employees (remote or not) will have a great chance of connecting with fellow employees, will have fun at work, and will ease workplace stress with a lot of laughter.
As a bonus, our team even learned that we benefit from a brain workout;
According to Sutterhealth.org,
“The combination of concentration and neurotransmitter surges when playing games helps to strengthen neural circuits, giving the brain a real workout. Video games can improve mental skills, such as problem-solving and logic, hand-eye coordination, spatial and fine motor coordination skills.”
That kind of workplace game time culture wins the day in our minds, earning a “GG” (Good Game) signoff.
When we are not hitting the VR mini golf course together, the MJL team of experts is hard at work building software for things that matter.
Is there a piece of technology you need to build for your company but don’t know where to start? Contact us today!